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Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Ministry Leadership
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, leadership, mistakes, failure, falling, activity, productivity, poor decisions, peers, intimate contact, spouse, family, self-discipline, eating, obesity, prayer, Bible
Unfortunately, in every level and realm of life, we have all witnessed serious leadership failure. It is no longer a surprise when we read about a high-level pastor, celebrity, sports figure or politician ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Leaders, Brad Lomenick, insignificant, commitment, faithfulness, small things, character, pain points, foundation, perseverance, discipline, process
As leaders, we live for the moment—the big moments that are memory makers, the home runs, the winning “touchdown,” the deal that launches our organization or business to the next level, the significant ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Greg Stier, churches, America, Protestant, Starbucks, converts, Colorado, Grace Church, outreach, evangelism, prayer
Right now there are over 300,000 Protestant churches in America. Just do the division—300,000 divided by 50 states—and that equals 6,000 churches per state. Wow! That’s a lot of churches! Think about it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 18 April 2014 / Vision
Tags: Chuck Lawless, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, Jesus, truths, Christian leaders, prayer, hope, second chance, reconciliation, vigor, teaching, passion, Bible, the Word, communication
This coming Sunday, Christians around the world will celebrate Easter—perhaps better understood as “Resurrection Sunday.” Some believers will celebrate with meals and family get-togethers. Some will gather ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 April 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors, social media, Facebook, Instagram, churches, gospel, Jesus, eggs, diversification, power, people, Grace Hills, money, advertising
The gospel did okay before Facebook and will do just fine without it. But plenty of churches and organizations like mine have found Facebook to be an incredibly useful tool for getting the word ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preacher, prepared, sermon, minimum, mistake, timidity, confidence, Dr. Brad Braxton, pulpit, message, Spirit, manuscript
One question that I often hear is, “When is my sermon ready to preach?” This question comes from many types of preachers. Some are those who allow the demands of ministry to overcome their need to preach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Dan Reiland, team, morale, spirit, happiness, energetic, productive, adversity, generosity, trust, empowerment, alignment, caring
The hallways often reveal more than the boardroom. What you hear in the hallways is often a better indicator of the spirit of your team than what is said in the boardroom. I’m not suggesting that your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, characteristics, leadership, opposition, Satan, churches, cripple, compelling, purpose, Nehemiah, clear perspective, fear, continual prayer, courageous, persistence
Everything rises or falls on leadership. No organization, no ministry, no church, no family, no school and no business can go any further than the leaders who are leading it. If everything rises or falls ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Youth
Tags: Leneita Fix, youth ministry, questions, finished product, ministry leaders, faith, growth, followers, Jesus, small groups, activities, influence, relationship
If I ask you why you care for the students who are in your youth ministry, you will probably say something about helping them growing in their faith. I inquire, “OK, who do you want them to be?” You ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preaching, Word, orator, prophet, talent, James Earl Jones, Praise God, messages, inspire, push change, patronizing, sin, African-American tradition
In the book Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African-American Tradition, Olin Moyd quotes Peter T. Forsyth, who said, “The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, children's ministry, goals, Jesus, personal relationship, gospel, leader, forgiver, friend, Bible reading, parents, spiritual, child
Yesterday, I had a phone interview with someone who is finishing up a degree in children’s ministry. He asked some great questions. One that he asked was, “What should be the big 'wins' for a children’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, weight loss, obesity, bad health habits, ice cream, gluttony, health, BMI, physical exam, diabetes, energy, treadmill, three miles, pedometer
In a previous post, I confessed my obesity and my desire for God to change my bad health habits. I felt my Christian witness was compromised by my gluttony. I also promised that my blog would not become ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Women
Tags: Justin Lathrop, leadership, women, ministry, gifts, empathy, multi-tasking, gentleness, passion, relational savvy, optimism, integrity
There has been a long-standing debate about women in leadership in ministry. This is not new, although the way the debate has found its way online makes it feel like it is new. But really, this conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Russell, surrender, cultural war, United States, freefall, stewardship, blessings, forefathers, battle cries, songs, grandchildren, Ninevah, Jonah, Jeremiah, passivity, Adolf Hitler, martyr
God has entrusted us with the most outstanding nation in the history of the world. The freedom, technology and wealth of the United States of America have provided the opportunity for the gospel to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Howell, questions, small group ministry, qualified leaders, group, answers, Andy Stanley, focus, vetting, leader development, coaching, support
I love a great question. I actually look for them and even write them down when I hear them or copy them when I read them. (See also "Quotebook: Never Stop Questioning.") But there are some questions that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Technology
Tags: Saddleback Church, Church Online, Jay Kranda, Rick Warren, fears, shrink, local church attendance, marketing tool, shallow community, disconnected generation
My big third-grade school project was a beast. Every 8-year-old had to do their final project in front of the class, and Mr. Michaels, my teacher—who might as well have been Michael Myers from horror film ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 31 March 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Bishop Joseph Mattera, questions, lead pastor, emotions, rigors, lead role, church, theology, competent, organization, administration, spouse, progress
As we all know by now, thousands of lead pastors leave full-time church ministry every year. Along those lines, a high percentage of new church plants never make it past three years. One reason is that ... [ +++ ]
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